Court won't disturb ban on death row interviews

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Court won't disturb ban on death row interviews


WASHINGTON --

The Supreme Court will not tinker with a federal prison policy that prohibits death row inmates from giving face-to-face interviews to reporters.

The justices on Monday turned down an appeal from David Paul Hammer, an inmate on the federal government's death row in Terre Haute, Ind. Hammer argued that the policy adopted after Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh appeared on "60 Minutes" in March 2000 is an unconstitutional violation of his free speech rights.

Twenty-three news media organizations also urged the court to hear the case.

Hammer's sentence has been thrown out, but he remains housed with other death-row prisoners while the government decides whether to seek to have him re-sentenced to death.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/entertainment/2011288248_apussupremecourtdeathrowinterviews.html?prmid=obnetwork

Michael

I donīt think itīs necessary to give the DR inmates time to lie or getting media attention.

Michael
Iīm not sure if thereīs a hell, but I believe in executed murderers.

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Court won't disturb ban on death row interviews


WASHINGTON --

The Supreme Court will not tinker with a federal prison policy that prohibits death row inmates from giving face-to-face interviews to reporters.

The justices on Monday turned down an appeal from David Paul Hammer, an inmate on the federal government's death row in Terre Haute, Ind. Hammer argued that the policy adopted after Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh appeared on "60 Minutes" in March 2000 is an unconstitutional violation of his free speech rights.



http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/entertainment/2011288248_apussupremecourtdeathrowinterviews.html?prmid=obnetwork


Certain rights of prisoners are forfeited the moment they are convicted. Basically, the prisoner's rights are more or less spelled out in the Constitution. Aside from being free from cruel and unusual forms punishment, they're not required to have squat.  To the best of my knowledge, there's nothing to guarantee them the right to spout of and try to garner sympathy from an ill informed public.  In no way do I see the First Amendment rights as a given for prisoners. Having said that, I'm always more than willing to listen to what they have to say.  8)

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